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by Ali Baba
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Pests in the substrate of my seedlings
Replies: 13
Views: 346

Re: Pests in the substrate of my seedlings

You are correct they are Oribatid mites, very common if you look for them hard enough. They won’t eat your seedlings, there are plenty in my seedling trays. Leave them be, and relax 😎
by Ali Baba
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: A few epiphytes
Replies: 14
Views: 549

Re: A few epiphytes

15C?! You need a few orchids Ralph 😂
by Ali Baba
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Pesticide for killing thrips
Replies: 27
Views: 1207

Re: Pesticide for killing thrips

The Begonia certainly looks like virus infection, there are viruses that cause ring spots like that. Ring spotting fungi end up with necrosis at the centre with fungal fruiting bodies, so I think virus the most likely cause. The Lepismium could be thrips, the shoots are usually damaged when young an...
by Ali Baba
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: A few epiphytes
Replies: 14
Views: 549

Re: A few epiphytes

Lovely, what temperature do you keep your Disocactus at?
by Ali Baba
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Monthly Photo Competitions
Topic: Hairy and Hirsute
Replies: 3
Views: 1096

Re: Hairy and Hirsute

Oreocereus trollii
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by Ali Baba
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Nocturnal flowers
Replies: 0
Views: 602

Nocturnal flowers

My two flowering size Melocacti have been confusing me the last few days by opening flowers around 7pm, which seems very odd to say the least. Usually the flowers open in the day.
Here is Melocactus matanzanus this evening, Melocactus violaceus has been up to it as well...
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by Ali Baba
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Pesticide for killing thrips
Replies: 27
Views: 1207

Re: Pesticide for killing thrips

Thanks for posting that Paul, interesting (but rather depressing) reading :grin:
by Ali Baba
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Pesticide for killing thrips
Replies: 27
Views: 1207

Re: Pesticide for killing thrips

In my experience they are very partial in their attacks on plants. Some can be really badly affected, whilst others are barely touched. Opuntioid cacti seem particularly affected, particularly the flowers where the outer petals can be damaged enough to fuse the flower parts together stopping the flo...
by Ali Baba
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Out of season flowers
Replies: 13
Views: 853

Re: Out of season flowers

That orange one is superb Ralph, definitely going on my wish list!!
by Ali Baba
Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Pesticide for killing thrips
Replies: 27
Views: 1207

Re: Pesticide for killing thrips

Thanks I will look out for those Orius! I gave up using chemicals for control of thrips last year. They always come back eventually, the eggs are partially protected by being inserted in the hosts epidermis, and the pupal stage is in the compost which makes effective control by contact insecticides ...